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Oscar Nominee Twickenham Studios Closure threat

The studios are of the oldest and best-known in the UK

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Another British institution has gone into administration and faces closure if a solution to it's financial problems are not found soon. The renowned Twickenham Film Studios recently used to produce Oscar nominated 'The Iron Lady' and 'War Horse' is it risk.

The studios are of the oldest and best-known in the UK with films such as Roman Polanski's Repulsion being produced there. Other films produced at the Twickenham Studios include the Beatles 'Help' and 'A Hard Day's Night', 'The Missing Rembrandt' a Sherlock Holmes film in the 1930's and 'Alfie' starring Michael Cain.

According to Gerald Krasner the man handling the administration has said the business has lost money in the past three years and is being wound down between now and June. Krasner doubts that the premises will be maintained as film studios adding that half of the 17 employees have already left whilst the remaining few are working their full notice.

"We are selling it on", "Everyone will then be paid in full."

The Studios were opened in 1913 on the site of a former ice rink and initially named St Margaret's Stdios by Dr Ralph Jupp. It was the largest studio in the UK and was re-named Twickenham Film Studios in 1929 by the owners at the time, Julius Hagen and Leslie Hiscott. The studios would have celebrated their centenary next year

Rupert Lloyd Parry, key grip at the studios, has worked on the filming of 'The Iron Lady' and 'My Week with Marilyn' at the studios recently and believes "it is a real shame that Twickenham's closing" as "It's one of our older studios."

"It's nice when you work where you feel like there's a real sort of tradition of the British film industry. It's like working at Ealing, places like that."

"The film industry is buoyant at the moment, there is work coming in. There doesn't seem like there is any reason for it to shut."

Article by Michelle


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